And Will We Ever Return?

The footprints are still there in the moon dust, as crisp as the day Armstrong and Aldrin clomped across our TV screens, barely eroded by the rain of cosmic rays and the tick-tick-tick of tiny meteorites. The spacecraft debris in Mylar wrapping, the golf balls and that aluminum American flag remain for all the % universe to see. Who would have thought that those modest monuments would go unvisited for decades -- that the age of exploration would come to a halt on that lonely spot?

Is there a way back to the moon? Not through NASA, which lost its clear...

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